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Flowers by Dreama Dawn

In 1998, Dreama Dawn Crawford sold her floral business, Dawn’s Florist, after losing her eyesight.
However, over the next decade, Crawford’s vision loss did not stop her from pursuing her passion for floral design.
Now, 11 years later, she has opened a new flower shop called Flowers by Dreama Dawn, which opened for business on Monday.
Flowers by Dream Dawn is located at 338 N. Washington Ave. in Pulaski and is a full-service flower shop.
Crawford has 35 years of experience in floral design, and practically grew up in a flower shop, as her father opened Dawn’s Florist in 1961. Crawford took over the business in 1981, then continued to manage it until 1998.
It was in 1983 when she found out she had retinitis pigmentosa (RP for short), the condition which has adversely affected her vision. She said her vision continued to worsen gradually over the years, and was the reason she decided to sell Dawn’s in 1998.
"I had to go through a difficult time," she said.
Crawford spent two months at the Richmond Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Handicapped, where she learned to read braille, and also how to operate a computer with voice commands.
Through that experience, Crawford said "I learned how to handle myself better without my eyesight."
In the meantime, Crawford also continued to work with flowers, both through creating designs at her home and selling them at local farmer’s markets and craft shows, as well as working for a period of time at the former Flower Shoppe in Pulaski.
These days, Crawford uses her sense of touch to create her designs, whereas in the past, she would have used her sense of sight.
"Your other four senses become stronger (when one is lost)," she said. "I do everything by feeling now."
Crawford will operate Flowers by Dreama Dawn with the help of friend and fellow floral designer Sharon Fagg, who Crawford said will be "my eyeballs."
"Since Pulaski no longer has a flower shop, we thought this would be a good time to open one," Crawford said.

Pulaski is the hometown of both Crawford and Fagg, so by opening Flowers by Dreama Dawn, they said they want to be able to serve the community they grew up in.

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Flowers by Dreama Dawn

In 1998, Dreama Dawn Crawford sold her floral business, Dawn’s Florist, after losing her eyesight.
However, over the next decade, Crawford’s vision loss did not stop her from pursuing her passion for floral design.
Now, 11 years later, she has opened a new flower shop called Flowers by Dreama Dawn, which opened for business on Monday.
Flowers by Dream Dawn is located at 338 N. Washington Ave. in Pulaski and is a full-service flower shop.
Crawford has 35 years of experience in floral design, and practically grew up in a flower shop, as her father opened Dawn’s Florist in 1961. Crawford took over the business in 1981, then continued to manage it until 1998.
It was in 1983 when she found out she had retinitis pigmentosa (RP for short), the condition which has adversely affected her vision. She said her vision continued to worsen gradually over the years, and was the reason she decided to sell Dawn’s in 1998.
"I had to go through a difficult time," she said.
Crawford spent two months at the Richmond Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Handicapped, where she learned to read braille, and also how to operate a computer with voice commands.
Through that experience, Crawford said "I learned how to handle myself better without my eyesight."
In the meantime, Crawford also continued to work with flowers, both through creating designs at her home and selling them at local farmer’s markets and craft shows, as well as working for a period of time at the former Flower Shoppe in Pulaski.
These days, Crawford uses her sense of touch to create her designs, whereas in the past, she would have used her sense of sight.
"Your other four senses become stronger (when one is lost)," she said. "I do everything by feeling now."
Crawford will operate Flowers by Dreama Dawn with the help of friend and fellow floral designer Sharon Fagg, who Crawford said will be "my eyeballs."
"Since Pulaski no longer has a flower shop, we thought this would be a good time to open one," Crawford said.

Pulaski is the hometown of both Crawford and Fagg, so by opening Flowers by Dreama Dawn, they said they want to be able to serve the community they grew up in.

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